Update 5/10/2006 Dave Watson has summited
Everest again by the Normal route. This is Dave second summit of Everest. He
was first up today 5/11/2006. It is unclear at this point if any other western
climber has summited so far from the north in 2006. Other climbers are on the
way to the Summit as we write this.. More updates soon....
Update: Dave has called off the Fantasy Ridge
attempt. Hopefully Dave can fill you in on the details soon; but not enough
man power, not enough Sherpa Power and just too dangerous....
Update: Dave reporting in live (click
Update: Dave reporting in live (click
Earlier Update: Dave reports they were the first and
only non-Sherpas up the ABC. It was -50 at night, ice on the mountain, with
little to no snow. Skiing everest in 2006 will be interesting if no snow...
Dave was back at base camp.
Earlier Update: Dave reporting in live (click
Earlier Update: Dave has called in a couple of times. All is well. They are
headed up to Base camp and then they will go back down. Nothing too exciting,
everyone is carrying loads. Dave says only a few people have arrived so far on
the North Side....
Dave Watson, Mountain Guide and Everest Summiter:
EverestNews.com, Hello Everyone, We are in Nylam and feeling great. The drive
from Zhangmu was really pretty. There was snow in places we have never seen
before. Avalanches had blocked the road last week and the locals did an
amazing job clearing the road. There were two spots in particular were the
walls of snow on the side of the road were 20 ft tall! The food is so much
better here than in 2004, so were eating lots and often. Last week 10 ft of
snow fell here! Winter is still among us. Although the snow is melting fast
in the blazing Himalayan sun there is still plenty to ski. Today I pulled the
skis out of the truck and headed for the hills. George came along to shoot
It was a
nice way to get some exercise and acclimatize a bit. We went up to 15,000 ft
and then the clouds came in around us so we started the descent. The snow was
really wet and heavy, a bit rotten, so turning was difficult without speed. I
tried to be cautious because of random rocks lurking beneath the surface, but
the conditions demanded speed. I was happy to oblige. Leaving Vermont in
prime ski season leaves me with the feeling of unfinished business. It felt
so good to speed downhill. Tomorrow we leave for Tingri and will finally be
able to set eyes on the mother goddess. I don't think there are any internet
cafes in Tingri so I will most likely be talking to you again from Base Camp
when we get our electronics rolling. Hope your all having fun, we are! Dave
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